Once considered a rare disorder, it is now understood that Trichotillomania affects around 1-4% of the general population. Despite this, minimal treatment options are available for those suffering from the hair pulling condition. However there may be hope yet with new studies showing promising results as a treatment for trichotillomania begins to emerge.
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is a dietary supplement and amino acid that affects glutamate levels in the brain. NAC has already been studied in the treatment of a number of conditions across medicine and psychiatry. NAC is now being thought to have the potential to improve the symptoms of those suffering from the hair pulling disorder, Trichotillomania.
Up until now, no medication or other substance to date has shown effectiveness in the treatment of Trichotillomania. While these findings warrant further consideration and investigation, it is also a message of hope and promise for those living with Trichotillomania.
A controlled, randomized study of 50 individuals with Trichotillomania has been conducted and preliminary findings concluded that 56% of individuals reported a significant reduction of trichotillomania symptoms after 9-12 weeks of treatment. This is great news in the hair loss world; however it must be kept in mind that 50 individuals is a small scale study which makes it difficult to generalize results.
It is also important to note that the remaining 44% of study participants did not report any significant improvement in their hair pulling symptoms; thus, if it is effective, it is not likely to be effective for all sufferers of Trichotillomania. This being said, NAC has shown promise in becoming an evidence-based treatment for trichotillomania.
Hair Loss Solutions for Trichotillomania
While these findings are indeed promising, there is still further investigation to be done. In the meantime Transitions Hair has a number of hair loss solutions for people with trichotillomania. To discuss these options further call 1300 427 778 to book a free, confidential consultation with one of our hair loss specialists.